The Nexus One has hardware to support wireless N networks, but software support isn’t that great yet. But in the next Android update, you may be getting ultra-fast Wi-Fi support. And if you really want, you can have it right now.
Google and Broadcom have just released a new wireless driver, which evidently makes the Nexus One much better at connecting to 802.11n networks. (Previously, Google had taken N support off of the Nexus One’s official spec sheet, and users reported inconsistent results in connecting to N networks.) The driver, when sewn into a current build of Android, enables N networks across the board.
Here’s a theory: Google is prepping to roll this driver, finally, into Android, just in time for the 2.2 release, codenamed Froyo. Or this new driver incidentally improved wireless N performance, which will remain a silent, uncertain feature on the Nexus One for the foreseeable future. Either way, it’ll end up in custom Android builds like Cyanogen’s in short order, so you’ll be able to try it yourself.